Todays Bible Message:“Pray faithfully and devotedly, because a grace God has not granted you once, He may grant to you some other time

Contributed By Phil Ezeogu

Today’s Inspirational Snippet: “Pray faithfully and devotedly, because a grace God has not granted you once, He may grant to you some other time. On your hand, humbly place your whole mind in God, and God will place his grace in you, as and when He pleases.” Reflection for Thursday 27th Week of Ordinary Time October 12th, 2017 Today’s Readings: Malachi 3: 13-20b Psalm 1: 1-2, 3, 4 and 6 Luke 11: 5-13 October 2017: Month of the Most Holy Rosary Prayer of the Day: A Prayer for your best friend Celebration of the Marian Year and the Fatima Centenary Benin: National Marian Congress 12-14 October 2017 Saint Quote of Today: – “The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.”- St. Maximilian Kolbe THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE BEST GIFT FOR SELF-CLEANING Today we listened to the words of the Scriptures speaking to us about our relationship with God, and how we ought to proceed forward in that relationship. In the Gospel reading we heard the Lord Jesus telling the people about how our relationships and friendships work. A friend will care for us, if we look for them for help. And what we have in the Lord our God, is more than just a friend. In the first reading from the prophet Malachi, the wicked boast that they don’t need to follow God’s ways and they still have everything they want. The psalm echoes the second half of today’s first reading in saying that God blesses those who fear the Lord and who seek the Lord. We can identify with those Jews who were disappointed with God. They felt cheated and short-changed for being good. This was how the psalmist felt about the wicked who grew in their riches. They seemed to be more blessed than those who were good. If we are feeling this way, let us see things in proper perspective. God will eventually vindicate the just. Indeed, we can be short-sighted in the way we look at success and failure, blessings and curses. Consequently, the responsorial psalm invites us to place our trust in the Lord. Trusting in the Lord requires persistence as in the man who went to his friend in the middle of the night to ask for three loaves of bread for his guest. God knows what to give us and when to reward us. That is why we should not be asking for more things, or for our petitions to be answered but the Holy Spirit, as Jesus advised us. God wants to give us nothing less than the gift of Himself. By asking and searching, we will come to know what is truly good and lasting for us. We seek for the Kingdom and His justice first because without them, the rest of the things would not be used wisely when we have time. Brothers and Sisters, let us all commit ourselves anew to the Lord, that by our every actions, our every words and deeds, we will always glorify God, and walk righteously in His ways. Let us pray for a living faith in God. Today, let each one of us, ask God for what do we most need, early and often.

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